Creating Healthy Schools in North Rockland Central School District

The school strategies support the New York State Department of Health Prevention Agenda 2019-2024. The school component incorporates strategies that support Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAP) and a healthy nutrition environment as found in the CDC Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. This work reinforces previous investments to  improve policies, practices and environmental supports that increase access to physical activity and healthy nutrition in schools. 

Through the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities grant, the Rockland County Department of Health is partnering with the North Rockland Central School District (NRCSD), Child Care Resources of Rockland and surrounding communities including the Town of Haverstraw, the Village of Haverstraw and the Village of West Haverstraw, to increase access to physical activity and healthier nutrition through collaborative policies, practices, and environmental supports.

Over the course of the grant period from June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2026, NRCSD will:

  1. Update the district's student wellness policy and ensure that schools implement the policy to enhance access to physical activity and nutrition for students and staff.
  2. Ensure compliance with Smart Snacks in School Standards .
  3. Develop a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program to include enhancements to the physical education curriculum, and student access to physical activity during before and after school programming, active recess, and in the classroom.

All schools will form a wellness team and conduct an annual assessment from the Healthy Schools Program which is associated with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. This program supports schools with free, online guidance and resources to improve school health programming based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's School Health Index

To learn more about school health programming in Rockland County, visit the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition webpage.